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N619SW a Coulson Flying Tankers 737 Fireliner

Coulson fire fighting 737 suffers accident in Australia

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A Coulson 737 Fireliner fighting bush fires in Western Australia suffered an accident on 6 February. Coulson issued a statement saying that both pilots walked away from the accident. Local media report the pilots were evacuated to Ravensthorpe and evaluated for injuries. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has opened an investigation into the accident.

Flightradar24 data regarding N619SW

N619SW launched from Busselton at 07:32 UTC (15:32 local time) and flew east to its area of operations over Fitzgerald River National Park. The Fireliner arrived in the area at 8:08 UTC and made one descending orbit reaching a minimum reported altitude of 650 ft AMSL before beginning a second orbit. The second orbit also descended to 650 ft AMSL minimum altitude before ADS-B data reception ceased. Flightradar24 received the last ADS-B message from the aircraft at 08:13:41Z.422.

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The three data files below include the standard position interval CSV and KML files and the granular position interval data for the the final portion of the flight.

Aircraft information

This flight was operated by a Coulson Flying Tankers 737-300 Fireliner registered N619SW. The 737 was delivered new to Southwest Airlines in 1995 and acquired by Coulson in 2019. It entered fire fighting service in the United States after conversion in summer 2022. The 737 flew to Australia in December 2022 and has been active fighting bush fires since then.

N619SW after water bomber conversion but before painting into Coulson livery. The two dispersal units are visible on the forward and rear underbelly of the aircraft.
N619SW before being painted into the Coulson livery. The fire retardant release valves are visible in red on the underbelly of the aircraft just forward of the engines and aft of the main landing gear.
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